On TV this Thursday: Community returns with a double study session, The Taste sizzles up a second season, the hunt for The Assets is on and will The Big Bang Theory pop the big bang question? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson winnow a group of culinary hopefuls down to this season’s 16 competitors.
8 pm Community (NBC) | Double-episode Season 5 premiere: Jeff returns to Greendale to gather evidence for his former law partner (played by Rob Corddry, Childrens Hospital) and gets ambushed by a Pelton-organized study-group reunion. Then, Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad) shows new teacher Jeff the ropes; Kevin Corrigan (Grounded for Life) returns as Professor Garrity.
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Penny’s big break – a role on NCIS – doesn’t go well, prompting her to ask Leonard “a bold relationship question” (per the official synopsis). Might tonight be the night she makes good on the deal they struck in February?
8:30 pm The Millers (CBS) | Debbie tries to outwit Nathan and Carol, whom she suspects of reading her diary. Ernie Hudson (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) guest-stars as Tom’s new friend.
9 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) | Oops! Simon puts Sydney on the account for a very addictive video game.
9 pm Sean Saves the World (NBC) | Sean strives to be a more involved dad at Ellie’s school; Liz and Hunter become temporary roomies. Leslie Grossman (10 Things I Hate About You) guest-stars.
9:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | House alum Odette Annable guest-stars as Walden’s former employee, with whom he teams up on a new project; Alan gives Jenny relationship advice.
9:30 pm The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) | Mike throws a party to celebrate Harris winning a big award.
10 pm The Assets (ABC) | Premiere: This 1980s-set, eight-part series is based on the life of Sandy Grimes, a real-life CIA officer tracking one of the most notorious traitors in U.S. history. Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK) and Paul Rhys (BBC’s Being Human) star.
10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | Joel steps in when Ed confronts Julia; Zeek makes a new friend while Camille is away. (Watch a sneak peek.)
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